Like a Lumberjack

It’s a rainy, cold, blustery spring evening–perfect for curling up with a mug of tea and reading a good book, watching a movie…or writing!

I read a great article earlier this year in the January/February issue of the SCBWI Bulletin.  Author Miranda Paul talks about the West African concept “Ndanka, Ndanka,” which means “slowly, slowly.”  It’s a common response from someone in the Gambia when asked about how a certain project is going.

I think it applies to most projects we undertake.  Anything worth doing always ends up being more than we bargained for.  But it has to be, doesn’t it?  Otherwise, we would probably never get started.

But I think the best advice is to surrender to the task.  Enjoy the deliciousness of working slowly.  Savor it.  Surrender into it.  Swim with it.  Even if it means some days you feel like a lumberjack–slowly, slowly chipping away at your work.

Eventually you’ll finish–never doubt that.  But it’s the murky middle, as we say in writing and perhaps in life, where all the magic happens.  You don’t want to miss that!  But you will…if you don’t get started–or worse–if you finish too soon.

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